Friday, March 28, 2008

More Moo cards

I love Moo cards. Everyone wants to know about them when I hand them out.
My first set is here. this is my second order. All but 2 of the cards are from various projects I've made. Two are from favourite photos taken in the south of France.

Young and Hip

Another guild piece ready to leave my home. I loved the large scale floral - graphic black & white sketched flowers with orange, yellow and pink. The best pattern for a quick quilt is one with half plain blocks, similar to the marquee quilts- get those cut & you can tell yourself you're half way done!! the pieced blocks were done in stack & whack style with solid yellow, black & white. The fossil fern fabric in the unusual colour combination was perfect. Addition of some funky black & white prints helps keep it fresh. I messed up on the borders - I thought they were going all the way around like more traditional borders but didn't make them long enough to mitre. I quite like how it turned out. I think it will be a great quilt for a girl or young woman. I'm taking it back to the guild to find a back & a quilter to finish it. Any volunteers??

Thursday, March 27, 2008

cat prints

another guild project finished. A panel or as we used to call them 'cheater tops' with simple but effective borders in gold & blue.

It seems to be the tiniest thing I get the biggest kick out of - like this one. I love the tiny motif on the the blue fabric. It looks like cat foot prints. sort of like when the cat walks through mud then up & down the glass windshield on your car!! this kitty looks sweet enough to do just that!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

for sale

This is another sample from a class I taught last fall. It is called Mystic Blooms from a pattern by Sew Be It. I love the pink and orange combination. the centre of the flowers are made from threads and bits of batik similar to thread bowls.

I am asking $300 Can.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

is it really spring?

anybody else tired of winter? even though it is officially spring there are no signs of it yet. the morning doves are all fluffed up against the cold.

Christmas teddies

no, not those slinky things men buy their wives. these cute cuddly teddies. The fabric is from salesmans samples donated to our guild by the Ultimate Sewing Centre.
The rectangle pieces were cut to minimize waste and a very simple graphic layout. I love the backing because the sweaters look laid out for the teddy bears to take their pick to get dressed up & go out to play in the snow.

Friday, March 14, 2008

a well travelled quilt

I made this wallhanging from the Trendtex challenge kit for CQA. The quilt is on its way now to BC then to the conference in Newfoundland in June. I used only the 5 fabrics provided. The bright yellow is sewn in as narrow free cut little strips. I hope some one likes it enough to buy it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

sacred company

I spend a wonderful weekend in Kingston at a workshop with Judith Martin. Kingston Fibreworks organize events and have worldclass speakers at the facilites at St Lawrence College.
We started with a presentation by Judith. A preamble show & tell of some of her pieces. A wonderful slide show as Judith read poetry.
Saturday and Sunday were a combination of stitching & sharing. I especially enjoyed hearing everyones short presentation about themselves based on the timelines we prepared about ourselves. We all DO have stories. Interesting stories. value your story, write your story, share your story. For me I know I will be including my story in my work.
It was a memorable weekend in other ways too. Snow,lots of snow, wind, stuck cars, abandoned cars.
these are some of the dyed fabrics in the kits Judith prepared for us. You can see where I've started stitching on a piece of dyed dish towel.

Friday, March 07, 2008

repeat after me..

it is only fabric, it is only fabric.
Yes you can use that beautiful fabric you love so much. Use it before your tastes change & you wonder at what the big deal was!!
same for dyed fabrics. Yes I made it myself & yes it is the only piece like it in the world but it isn't being appreciated folded away in a basket.
I dyed this during my one & only go at dying last year at St. Lawrence College. When it warms up a bit I'm going to dye a whole lot. Like everything else it takes practice to get it right.
Myrna is really enjoying herself much to her surprise.
This bag was made according to directions from the first issue of Quilt WOW (workshop on the web) by Edwina MacKinnon who happens to be my tutor for the C&G Sketchbook course I'm taking through DesignMatters. There is a gorgeous example of the same style bag in the Thr3fold Journal Reader's Gallery. and another example on the cover of this book.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I won, I won...

a wonderful gift from Franca in Paris. Yup Paris, FRANCE, not Paris Ontario. I love Marie Claire Idees magazine. It comes out four times a year. I've bought it only once in France and can usualy find it at Chapters. This is my collection.